New Delhi: A total of 24 Unani centres functioning all over the country have given treatment to nearly 6.7 lakh patients in 2016-17, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, ShripadYesso Naik said in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Friday.
He said there are two autonomous organizations functioning under Ministry of AYUSH for Unani Medicine, namely Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) and National Institute of Unani Medicine (NIUM) and there are 24 Unani Centres functioning in the country under these Institutes.
Giving details of the total number of patients who have been treated at these Unani centres, the minister said, "A total of 668,902 patients were treated in 2016-17 whereas number of patients treated in 2015-16 is 619,446 and those who got treatment in 2014-15 are 539,315."
The minister also said that the total amount of funds spent on these centres in the year 2014-15 is Rs.2,471,573 thousand, 2015-16 is Rs.1,071,256 thousand and 2016-17 is Rs.1,105,985 thousand.
Overall, as per information available from State Boards/Councils, the number of AYUSH Practitioners has increased from 736,538 in 2014 to 744,563 in 2015 and to 771,468 in 2016.
Abbreviated as AYUSH it takes care of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy medical practices in the country.
Meanwhile, the government has established two new institutes namely (i) All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi for Post-graduate education and (ii) North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Homoeopathy, Shillong for Under-graduate education in Ayurveda & Homoeopathy.
Government of India has also adopted a strategy of Co-location of AYUSH facilities at Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and District Hospitals (DHs), thus enabling choice to the patients for different systems of medicines under single window.
The engagement of AYUSH doctors and paramedics and their training is supported by the Department of Health & Family Welfare while the support for AYUSH infrastructure, equipment, furniture and medicines are provided by Ministry of AYUSH under National AYUSH Mission (NAM).